ACE New England News April 16, 2011

Hello, ACE New England Region Members and Friends!

Spring is warming up, and I have quite a few messages to pass on to you. Take your time and enjoy scrolling through them all!


*** We have a new regional website! Check it out at ***

Bob Bussiere, who created and maintained ACE New England\’s very first, prize-winning regional website, has had to step down as our webmaster. We thank him for his years of dedicated service to ACE!

The position of webmaster has been taken over by Pete Flaherty. Pete has worked tirelessly to completely redesign and upgrade the website, including a mobile version. We think you\’ll like the results! There are articles, photos, park and coaster info, a calendar of events, copies of past email blasts and issues of the New England Dispatch, useful links, and more.

While Pete put tremendous effort into the design, structure, and content of the new site, there is still more that can be done, and we could use your assistance! Pete could use some co-editors to help with the narratives of the coaster posts, and also the same for the parks. What he\’s trying to accomplish is a description of the general feel and what makes these parks and rides unique, not just what you could find elsewhere online. Pictures are needed too!

Please contact Pete directly ( if want to contribute to the website, offer suggestions, or just give some feedback. Enjoy!


Quassy\’s Wooden Warrior News:

The new woodie at Quassy Park is nearly completed! We\’re all hoping it will be up and running for opening day, April 23 — just a week away!

See photos of the coaster and the new train at our facebook site,

See train testing at:


Six Flags New England\’s Gotham City Gauntlet news

Last Thursday was the VIP/media day opening for SFNE\’s new for 2011 coaster, \”Gotham City Gauntlet Escape from Arkham Asylum\” which was attended by many regional ACE members. See the article and photos on our regional website,

More photos can be found at


From the New Jersey ACE Region:

Good afternoon ACE NJ members and friends,

If you haven\’t heard, the New Jersey region of ACE is co-hosting this year\’s opening day event at Knoebels. Why ACE New Jersey? Well, typically ACE regions to do not host or co-host events outside of their own region but there is historic significance to the 2011 season that has its routes in New Jersey. This year, Knoebels resurrects yet another classic coaster- the dark ride/ coaster hybrid /Golden Nugget Mine Ride/ that once thrilled kids and adults alike on the defunct Hunt\’s Pier in Wildwood! To be known as /Black Diamond/, the Knoebels version takes on a new theme with stunts ranging from modern to classic and an entirely closed 3rd floor. So, with permission by the ACE Regional Rep Director and blessing of the Central PA region of ACE, we are partnering with DAFE (Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts) to bring you \”The Making of a Diamond\” on*Saturday, April 30th*!

Unfortunately, /Black Diamond/ is not yet ready to debut but we\’re anticipating an exclusive opportunity to tour this ride as construction comes to close to completing plus there will be an hour of ERT on the legendary /Phoenix/ as well as lunch! Later in the summer, the Central PA region of ACE will be hosting an event that we\’re certain will afford members the opportunity to finally ride what should be an instant classic. ACE NJ will keep you posted on that event!

If you wish to attend DAFE and ACE NJ presents \”The Making of a Diamond\”, you only have up until *April 15th* to put your registrations in the mail, so hurry!

To download the flyer and registration form, go here:

Spread the word and we hope to see you at Knoebels for opening day and \”The Making of a Diamond\” in just a few weeks!

Adam Revesz

ACE NJ Regional Rep


From the Western PA Region:

Greetings ACEers,

You probably enjoy dining out every now and then, right? You probably enjoy sharing a meal with your friends from ACE every so often, right? Supporting Conneaut Lake Park is a worthwhile cause, right? So how about joining your ACE friends for a delicious dinner at a restaurant, where 100% of the proceeds benefit Conneaut Lake Park? It may sound too good to be true, but it\’s a very real opportunity thanks to the generosity of the community-minded folks at Big Burrito Restaurant Group.


*Mad Mex in Robinson*

*Tuesday, May 17, 7-9 p.m.*

Enjoy a tasty three-course meal (you choose from a number of options) along with Mad Mex\’s famous chips and salsa, while dining in the Robinson restaurant\’s private dining area. A $35 donation to the Conneaut Lake Institute (which supports Conneaut Lake Park) gets you all the food, plus soft drinks, iced tea, coffee and tea. Don\’t be discouraged if Mexican food isn\’t your thing, because Mad Mex\’s menu mixes it up nicely (click the link below to flier for more information). If you can\’t make it right at 7 p.m., that\’s not a problem either, you can show up any time in the two hour window (see the flier for details).Mad Mex is located just off I-376 (Parkway West) between downtown Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh International airport, near the Steubenville Pike entrance to Robinson Town Centre and The Mall at Robinson (as you\’ve probably guessed, for complete address and information, see the flier)

Seating is limited. Please RSVP in advance following the instructions on the flier:


Don\’t miss this chance to have a night out and enjoy some delicious food in great company while supporting one of our region\’s traditional parks! And we\’d be remiss not to mention Mad Mex\’s amazing selections of microbrews and legendary margaritas!

Other links of interest:

ConneautLake Park:

Conneaut Lake Institute:

Mad Mex\’s quirky online presence:

Mad Mex\’s game room:

Mad Mex\’s (food) Menu:


~The Fun Team

Your ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Reps